Keeping your mental checklist up-to-date when moving neighborhood as a family can be pretty difficult – particularly when you have kids to run around after. Even if you’re just moving a few blocks down the road, there will still inevitably be a few ends to tie up that can easily be forgotten when you have to prioritize moving furniture and maybe even changing schools. To help you with your move, here are a few things to remember to do when moving into your new abode.

Introduce yourself

Not everyone is blessed with the confidence to go and introduce themselves to new neighbors, but saying hello to just a few of your closest neighbors can make the whole process of moving feel a bit less intimidating. Putting a friendly face to the people you’ll be living next to will help you to feel like less of a stranger in your new neighborhood. You may even find your children some new playmates in the process.

Sort out your healthcare providers

It’s easy to put off registering with a doctor and dentist, however, it’s strongly advised that you don’t. You never know when a persistent sore throat may flare up at an inconvenient moment, a doctor’s note might be needed for school or a sore tooth might need to be investigated. Investigating the best providers in your area first is the best way of finding a new clinic to visit as a family. For example, if you were based in Stafford, Virginia, then visiting would provide you with a local family clinic to try.

Get your mail forwarded

Mail is often forgotten after a move, until you find yourself waiting for a long-anticipated letter or parcel, only to discover you need to get it forwarded or picked up from your old address. Before you move to your new house, be sure to go to your old post office and ask for anything going via your old address to be forwarded. Of course, prevention is always a good method, and so remembering to change the address on your cell phone provider and other utilities will make life much easier.

Become a community member

If you’re keen to get to know everyone in your new neighborhood, then getting involved in the community is a great way to go about it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep your eyes peeled when taking your kids to school – as you may find numerous projects happening after school for both parents and kids to get involved with. Alternatively, taking your kids to community facilities such as the pool or any other sports parks will enable you to chat to other parents and found out what’s happening in and about your new town.

The biggest fear for many new parents who are moving to a new neighborhood is the unknown. It will take time to explore everything your new town has to offer, but making the effort to reach out to neighbors and other parents will help you fit in much quicker, and start enjoying your new life.

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2 Responses to First Things to Do When Moving to a New Neighborhood

  1. It is really important to familiarize yourself to the new place you’ll move in and to prepare the essential things you need upon moving. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. It’s so hard to adjust in your new environment and neighbors. But, you have no choice but to familiarize and adapt it. Anyway, this is a great help. Thanks for sharing xx
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